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Check iron levels before supplementing

Megan Haggan 02/05/2017 Experts are warning that the signs of iron overload are similar to the signs of low iron. Haemochromatosis Australia and the Dietitians Association of Australia are urging Australians to have their iron levels checked before starting supplementation due to the similarity.

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Frequency, presentation, and outcome of Takayasu arteritis in Western Australia

Makin, K., Isbel, M. and Nossent, J.  Takayasu arteritis (TA) is a rare type of vasculitis, a group of conditions characterised by blood vessel inflammation. In TA, the inflammation damages the large arteries, mainly the aorta - the large artery that carries blood from your heart to the rest o

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Need to Improve Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions

The latest data on patient experiences from the Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS) show more work is needed to provide seamless care for people with chronic conditions.  It includes data from people that accessed health services in the previous 12 months, as well as from those who did not, a

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Why do we fall over when we get older?

As the world's population lives longer, the significance of osteoporosis and fractures increases. In Australia, it is estimated that 4.74 million Australians aged over 50 have osteoporosis, osteopenia (less sevre than osteoporosis) or poor bone health. By 2022, it's estimated this will increase to

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Camp Freedom Coordinator Goes to Eular 2016

By Kerry Mace, Camp Freedom Coordinator The Eurpoean League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) is the organisation which represents people with arthritis/rheumatism, health professionals and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations. In June this year, I had the honour of travelling

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Disease Specific Self-Management Programs

What is self-management? These days there are many definitions of the term self-management. Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA (AOWA) believes that the definiton that coined the phrase in 1976 is still as relevant today as it was when it appeared in an article on asthma self-cate by pediatrician Dr Thoma

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Australians Falling Short On Calcium Intake and Consuming Too Much Sodium, Survey Finds

Australians are not getting enough calcium from their food and most are consuming too much sodium, a national survey has found.  The first national nutrition survey in 15 years has found only about one in 10 Australian women in some age groups are getting enough calcium from food. The da

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Stem Cell Treatments & Regulation - a quick guide for consumers

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has just released 'Stem cell treatments and regulation - a quick guide for consumers.'  As the TGA states, "The science of stem cells is an exciting area of ongoing medical research with great potential. Medical research into stem cells is still 

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Painful Transitions Report 2016

Painful Transitions This report seeks to inform Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Western Australia and other relevant agencies about the experiences of 16-24 year old Australians with persistent  musculoskeletal pain, and their needs and preferred

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AOWA President Dr Jack Edelman Awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

We are very pleased to announce that our President, Dr Jack Edelman has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to community health (particularly to people with arthritis and osteoporosis) and to medicine as a Rheumatologist. Dr Edelman has been President

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Arthritis: Count the Cost and Bank the Savings

Media Release - May 30, 2016. Major report shows the growing multi-billion dollar costs of arthritis to the economy, individuals and to the healthcare system and how relatively small investments could yield savings of more than $170 million a year. “Four years ago, I was in a lot of pain,

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Younger Australians Hit Hard by Arthritis

MEDIA RELEASE New online resource, EMPOWERED, launched on World Arthritis Day to help people with arthritis better manage their condition. The vast majority (86%) of the more than half a million younger Australians (18-49 year olds) living with arthritis believe there is a need for more pub

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